According to government officials in Delhi, the project for the early detection and awareness-raising of school children against drug or substance abuse with a view to school closings due to COVID-19 has gone online.
The first phase of the project, carried out in collaboration with the National Drug Dependence Treatment Center (NDDTC) by AIIMS, will conduct a baseline survey, while the second phase will develop resource material for parent and community awareness of substance abuse.
“With the onset of the novel coronavirus, the method for screening and intervening for drug or substance abuse in school children was partially changed in order to achieve the goals. The project is now to be carried out largely digitally until the schools are open again. The feasibility of the same was assessed by conducting two pilot assessments in schools. Once the schools reopen, an offline or personal component will be added, ”said a senior official.
“School principals have been asked to facilitate an anonymous baseline survey of substance use online for students with technology access and offline for those who do not have access,” the official added.
While survey activity for grade 5 has been suspended until further orders, the survey for grades 8 through 11 will be conducted from September through November.